Christopher Bouwman

Christopher Bouwman Associate Professor, Oboe

Principal Oboist, Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Christopher Bouwman is principal oboe of the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, titular orchestra of the Valencian opera house “Palau de les Arts, a position he has held since 2006 after auditioning for music director Lorin Maazel.

Christopher has also worked as principal oboe of both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Israel Philharmonic orchestra and has made frequent guest appearances with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Bayerische Staatsorchester.

As a solo performer, Christopher has performed with orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Bruckner Orchester Linz. He has made multiple appearances during international tours as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

Christopher is a prize-winner of multiple international music competitions, such as the Fernand-Gillet Oboe competition, Barbirolli Oboe competition, and the European Music Prize for Youth, at which in 2003 he was given the title of Young Musician of the year.

Born in The Hague - The Netherlands and growing up in a family of musicians, Christopher started playing the oboe at a young age and was soon accepted at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he would study with Ali Groen, Frank Minderaa, Han de Vries, and Pauline Oostenrijk. There he received both a Bachelor's and Master’s degree, after which he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in the class of Maurice Bourgue.

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